WRITING ACROSS THE CITY
2004-2007 Partner: The India Foundation for the Arts The Writing Across the City project aimed to address the various cultures of writing that exist in the city of Mumbai, across linguistic, disciplinary and social divides. By examining the various proliferating modes of writing, which include forms and genres that are both creative and critical, the project aimed to uncover and understand the network of processes that underpin urban identity formation at various inter-connected levels. Recognising the importance of translation as a crucial cross-cultural practice, the project engaged in the process of information building and knowledge sharing across language cultures. This involved exploring the varied pedagogic possibilities that such an act of translation intervention had to offer. The project documented histories of different languages in Mumbai with a focus on poetry, literature and theatre and facilitated translation projects across them. It aimed at deepening the idea of cosmopolitanism by suggesting that acts of translation are intrinsic to it.